Julie DesChamps

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The Sacrifice Zone Screening & Waste Justice Panel Discussion

Waste Free Greenwich invites the Greenwich community to a free screening of The Sacrifice Zone, a 30-minute documentary focusing on the efforts of community activists to fight against environmental injustices in the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark, NJ, one of the most toxic communities in the country. Continue Reading →

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Greenwich Food Scrap Recycling Program Opens Second Location

“The residents have been amazing. They send us feedback all the time, how they are grateful for the program, how their waste habits have shifted so much, how they cut their garbage by 50% just by pulling out the food scraps, how they can never imagine putting food back in their garbage can again.” – Julie DesChamps Continue Reading →

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Greenwich Botanical Center Sustainable Living Series to Feature Julie DesChamps on March 10

The Sustainable Living Series kicks off with the virtual lecture, “Toward a Waste Free Greenwich.” This event will take place on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 10:00- 11:00am and is led by Julie DesChamps, founder of Waste Free Greenwich and member of both the Greenwich Academy and Greenwich Country Day School sustainability committees. Continue Reading →

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Greenwich’s Voluntary Food Scrap Recycling Pilot Gets Under Way

The Town of Greenwich, in partnership with Waste Free Greenwich, Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board (GRAB) and Greenwich Green & Clean, announces the launch of the municipal food scrap recycling pilot on Monday, June 15, 2020. The drop-off food scrap recycling pilot is voluntary and free to all Greenwich residents with a permit to Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility. Residents will collect food scraps at home in accordance withguidelines and bring them to the designated drop-off location next to the trash building at Holly Hill. The food scrap kits include a small bin you can keep in your kitchen, and a larger bin you can keep in your garage. You can purchase compostable bags to line the bin with. Continue Reading →

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DesChamps: ‘Pay As You Throw’ at Holly Hill Will Bring A Sustainable Future

“Over 40% of recoverable materials in residential trash are compostable organics, and this figure skyrockets to 68% for restaurants and 51% for grocery stores. …The majority of food waste from Greenwich businesses ends up on the tipping floor at a cost to taxpayers.” – Julie DesChamps, Founder, Waste Free Greenwich Continue Reading →

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Food Scrap Recycling Enthusiasts Tout Benefits to Greenwich’s Budget, Environment, Social Justice

Soon residents will be able to purchase kits to use to set aside food waste inside a compostable bag with food scraps, as well as coffee grinds, egg shells, bones, meat, oyster shells, and even napkins. Continue Reading →

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GHS BEAK: Styrofoam Free School Lunches Are Better for the Environment

“These trays also lead to enormous amounts of waste because they are not considered recyclable in Greenwich. Over 480,000 trays will be added to the waste stream each year – without these trays, there will be a 75% reduction of cafeteria waste.” – Emma Burstiner, GHS Beak Editor-in-Chief Continue Reading →

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BET Public Hearing Yields Opinions on Cardinal Field, NW Fire Station, TAG, Foam Trays

A public hearing at town hall drew those in support of a northwest fire station as well as skeptics. There was testimony about removing Styrofoam trays from Greenwich Schools cafeterias, and of making all the district’s facilities ADA Compliant. Several people lamented the state of Cardinal Field. The GAF said they’d raise 20% of the cost of phase 1, with a focus on new bleachers and temporary bathrooms to replace the port-o-potties. Continue Reading →

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